In this paper, the author will describe the changing role of Human Resource Management (HRM) in response to trends in globalization, technology, diversity, e-business, and ethics. . "Changes in the population, in technology, in employees' expectations, and other aspects of the business environment place heavy demands on modern HR professionals—and anyone else involved in management (The McGraw-Hill Companies)." The roles and responsibilities of human resource management have changed significantly in the past decade. Many of these changes have been in response to trends in globalization, technology, diversity, e-business and ethics. The impact of technology and ethics are not new to organizations or human resource managers. Globalization, diversity and e-business are terms that were not even considered until this past decade. Trends in Globalization The first impact on the changing role of HRM is globalization. Companies are finding that to survive they must compete in international markets as well as fend off foreign competitors' attempts to gain ground in the United States Globalization is creating significant challenges for the human resources professional. Significantly, human resources departments need to develop new procedures and processes to adapt to the rapid shift of organizations towards globalization. The top challenges HR faces in the globalization process include: • Coordination of activities in many different locations.
• Understanding the continual change of the globally competitive environment. • Building a global awareness in all HR departments/divisions. • Creating a multicultural HR team
Technology impacts every aspect of how we as human beings perform our work. Technology is a tool that allows us to leverage our abilities to perform at a higher level of output. Certainly technology has replaced the need for workers in some instances. However, economics suggests that...